Fabrizio Romano has revealed that the race for Tottenham Hotspur target Josko Gvardiol remains open ahead of the January transfer window.

Spurs were linked with several left-sided centre-backs over the summer, including Gvardiol (Football.London) but the North London club ended up signing Clement Lenglet on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona instead.

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Calciomercato.it reported back in September that Spurs could reignite their interest in the RB Leipzig star in January but they added that Antonio Conte’s men could face competition for the centre-back from their London rivals Chelsea.

Alasdair Gold stated on his YouTube channel a couple of weeks ago that he believes Graham Potter’s men are the favourites to snap up the Croat and added that Manchester City were also eyeing a deal for the 20-year-old.

Romano has now confirmed that the Blues remain keen on signing Gvardiol but he added that a deal to take the Leipzig star to Stamford Bridge is far from done.

When asked about the centre-back, the journalist told CaughtOffside: “Chelsea are interested and have been since last summer. They wanted him for 2023 in an €80m deal plus add-ons but Leipzig refused.

“At the moment I’m told Chelsea remain interested but there’s still nothing agreed; the race is open, nothing will happen now as he’s 100% focused on World Cup.”

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Gvardiol seems to be more sought after by the top clubs in Europe than Alessandro Bastoni, who might prove to be cheaper than the Croat even if he signs a new deal with Inter. That is why the Italian international might be a more realistic target for Spurs next summer than the Leipzig star.

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